At Fox Meadow BOCES kids were the ones you liked to stay away from, the retards, the ones who were bused in. There were two patches of ice on the big field below the school: the big one for the normal kids and the small one for the BOCES. One day I wandered onto the BOCES ice. A boy with a shaved head turned me around and slapped me across the face. It wasn’t a hard slap, more of a tap, just enough to spin me so a second BOCES could turn me to a third BOCES who could twirl me to a fourth. I felt like a top, the BOCES deftly spinning me around the ice.

I never forgot the BOCES ice and in a sense I never left it. It is a dark world of tremendous need, the world of special ed where aides earn $8.25 an hour to work with some of the most difficult children in our public schools. Some aides are unqualified, some shouldn’t be in schools, but many do their thankless work out of love. In these brutal times of cuts and accountability maybe these will lose their jobs too. I hope not. If they do, if BOCES kids are denied what little they have, there’s no telling what they might do.

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